Couple set to mark first wedding anniversary with charity trek in the Andes of Peru
A newly wed March couple are shunning the usual luxury honeymoon destinations to tackle a challenging trek through the Andes.
Joanne Anderson-Wenn married husband Paul Wenn last September and the pair are now busy training to take on the Machu Picchu hike along the ancient Inca trail through the mountains of Peru for their first anniversary this autumn.
Joanne, 34, who works for the Electoral Commission, explained they had thought long and hard about what they wanted to do for their honeymoon before she came up with the idea of the Andes trek.
She said Paul, 46, a tiler, was not so keen on the idea to begin with but said he was persuaded to go for it as they will be raising money for the Alzheimer's Society - a cause close to both their hearts.
Paul's nan Dolly Wenn died of the illness and Joanne's granddad (Papa) John Anderson,w ho lives in Scotland, has been diagnosed with it.
"I know some people think we are little crazy to be doing this instead of relaxing on a beautiful beach some where, but we also know it is going to be much more memorable and it is for a fantastic cause," said Joanne.
She added: "To be honest I do have one or two worries about the whole thing - mainly what am I going to eat as I've heard they eat guinea pig in Peru. Secondly where do you wee on the side of a mountain and finally I've been Googling to see what animals might be about and want to eat me, but I'm sure it will be fine."
As part of the challenge the couple who married at The Missing Sock in Stow cum Quy have to raise at least £7,000 for the charity and as a result they have a host of fundraising events organised in the coming months.
These, appropriately as they met through the game, include a charity darts tournament at the GER Club in March on April 20. But before that they have a quiz night at the United Services Club on April 7, a horse racing night at Wimblington Parkfield on April 20, and then on May 11 there is a fitness fundraiser at the Neale-Wade Academy. On June 21 it's back to the United Services Club for a charity bingo night, and then on July 27 there is a wedding dress ball.
Joanne said: "I wanted one last chance to wear my wedding dress before I donate it to charity and the ball seemed like a good excuse to do that."
Meanwhile Paul and Joanne have been busy training for the trek and are planning to tackle Skiddaw in the Lake District National Park to get used to altitude as that is one of the main concerns with the Andes trek.
At 931-metre summit Skiddaw is the sixth-highest peak in England peak but is only a fraction of the height of Macchu Pichu which is 2,430 metres above mean sea level .
To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/PaulWenn. Sponsors are also needed for the race night on April 13 and for the darts on the April 20.
Contact them on 07742858094 or Joanneanderson215@gmail.com